Report: Wolves continue comeback in Oregon

This photo provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shows two wolves from the newly discovered Middle Fork Pack on U.S. Forest Service land in northeast Oregon's Wallowa County in Dec., 2017. Biologists in Oregon have counted 124 wolves in their annual tally, marking an 11 percent increase over last year's numbers. The much-anticipated report also found a 38 percent increase in the number of breeding pairs in the state, where the species was once wiped out due to a bounty. (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Biologists in Oregon counted 124 wolves in their annual tally, an 11 percent increase over last year’s numbers, and hailed the results Thursday as evidence that wolves are regaining their foothold in the state after being wiped out by bounty hunters more than 70 years ago.

Mining company fights ‘bad actor’ polluter label

FILE - This 1998 file photo shows the now-defunct Zortman-Landusky mine in the Little Rocky Mountains. An Idaho mining company is asking a Montana judge to strike down its designation as a "bad actor" over past pollution, saying the label could stall two mines proposed beneath a wilderness area. (Larry Mayer/Billings Gazette via AP, File)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An Idaho mining company went to court Thursday seeking to overturn its designation by Montana officials as an industry “bad actor” because of pollution tied to its CEO.

Supreme Court case tests weight of Native American treaties

(THE CONVERSATION) — On April 18, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Washington v. United States, which pits the state of Washington against the United States and 21 Indian tribes. The main question in the case is narrow – whether the state must quickly replace hundreds of culverts that allow the flow of water under roads but also block salmon migration. Yet the underlying issue is far broader.

Bovines online: Farmers are using AI to help monitor cows

In this April 2, 2018 photo fifth-generation dairy farmer Mary Mackinson Faber fits a Moocall device on the tail of a pregnant dairy cow at her farm in Pontiac, Ill. The device monitors the cow's movements and will trigger a text message to announce that the cow is about to give birth. Today's cows are getting an upgrade and the marriage of two technologies, motion sensors and artificial intelligence, is making mass-scale farming more efficient. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Is the world ready for cows armed with artificial intelligence?

Guard faces tricky dance in California border mission

In this April 10, 2018 frame from video, a National Guard troop watches over Rio Grande River on the border in Roma, Texas. The deployment of National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border at President Donald Trump's request was underway Tuesday with a gradual ramp-up of troops under orders to help curb illegal immigration. (AP Photo/John Mone)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown is crystal clear that his National Guard will help President Trump go after drugs and thugs on the Mexican border, but not immigrants. Drawing that line may be hazy.

Arizona governor proposes 20 percent teacher raises by 2020

Teachers at Humphrey Elementary school participate in a state-wide walk-in prior to classes Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Chandler, Ariz. Arizona teachers are demanding a 20 percent pay raise and more than $1 billion in new education funding. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX (AP) — Caving to demands from teachers who have protested low pay and school funding shortfalls for weeks, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey rolled out a proposal Thursday promising a net 20 percent raise by 2020 and pledged to push the proposal through the Legislature in the coming weeks.

Singer won’t sing anthem for Reno team because of gun ban

In this April 11, 2017 photo, fans walk outside Greater Nevada Field during last year's opening game for the Reno Aces minor league baseball team in Reno, Nev. A Nevada woman has declined an invitation to sign the national anthem at one of the Aces' games this summer because the team won't let her bring her gun. The woman said she wears the gun or keeps it in a purse because she doesn't feel safe walking at night in downtown Reno, where the stadium is located. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada woman has declined an invitation to sing the national anthem before a Reno Aces baseball game this summer because the minor league team won’t let her bring her gun.

Popular national parks to raise fees to $35, not $70

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2015, file photo, spectators gaze at El Capitan for a glimpse of climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson, as seen from the valley floor in Yosemite National Park, Calif. The Interior Department is backing down from a plan to impose steep fee increases at popular national parks after widespread opposition from elected officials and the public. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

WASHINGTON — The Interior Department is increasing fees at the most popular national parks to $35 per vehicle, backing down from an earlier plan that would have forced visitors to pay $70 per vehicle to visit the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and other iconic parks.

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